Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventuly experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to hell and roasts him ... See full summary »
Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines whirring... See full summary »
A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?
A chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might. Immediately the ... See full summary »
A bat flies into an ancient castle and transforms itself into Mephistopheles himself. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures, one ... See full summary »
A man in a silk top hat stands in front of an empty aquarium. He pours water into his hat and goes fishing, hooking a small one. He becomes a hobo and catches more and more fish from the ... See full summary »
A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it, workers are streaming out, turning either left or right. Most of them are women in ... See full summary »
"In the opening of this film is seen the astronomer intently poring over his books. Suddenly, in a cloud of smoke, Satan appears and surprises the astronomer. At the command of the Fairy ... See full summary »
According to the rapid strides that electricity is making in this wonderful age we are not surprised to see in this picture an ideal hotel of the future in which everything is done by ... See full summary »
Some flics throw an elegantly dressed man into an empty prison cell. He proceeds to pull out all the furnishings needed to provide him some creature comforts, including a handsome young lady. How it all turns out.... well, the title tells it all.
Here we have a fairly late version of Melies' single most imitated film, THE HAUNTED CASTLE, which he remade a dozen times. As always, the piece is a matter of pure magic, both of the stage and film variety, although it is mostly the film variety in this version, enhanced the stage presence he developed in his years as a magician and manager-owner of the Theatre Robert-Houdin, founded by probably the most famous stage magician of the 19th Century, so well-known that Houdini chose a close variant for his stage name.
And even though the title gives it away, it's always a pleasure to watch Melies do this sort of film.
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